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A photo a week challenge: Rule of Thirds


Nancy Merrill is good enough to post a photo challenge each week. On Thursdays I read her post and file it away in the back of mind in case I run across the perfect fit. Sometimes I find something interesting, lots of times I don’t, but I’m always looking.

This week’s challenge is ‘rule of thirds,’ which means the main point of the image should be resting at the intersection of lines drawn a third of the way across and down the image space.

Tonight I’ve been watching my goldfinches arrive to eat their supper in the pouring rain. I set the camera on a tripod, focused it on the feeder, and then sat across the room with my remote shutter release.

It was a bit of a wait, but finally this big guy showed up. He was hungry, so he hung around long enough for me to get a few nice shots.

And with a bit of cropping he turned into a perfect fit for the rule of thirds. I love the colors of spring, the brilliant green of the grass and the bold yellow of his feathers.

Even with the continuous cold rain this image reminds me of warm summer days to come. I hope you feel warmer too.

Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

7 thoughts on “A photo a week challenge: Rule of Thirds

  1. This is so sweet. It looks like his little eyebrows are furrowed. You know….if birds had eyebrows…

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  2. oh how I love this photo Dawn. The way he is just perched right there. Wonderful and beautiful

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  3. Just goes to show how important patience is in photographing nature — well done!

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  4. I recently added the grid feature to my iPhone camera composing screen. Under Settings and then Phone, there is a “Grid” button that when activated places a 9-rectangle grid onto the composing screen–perfect for composing a shot according to the Rule of Thirds.

    And your shot of the goldfinch is great! One of my favorite birds. It likes our hyssop seeds in the garden at fall time.

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  5. I do feel warmer, that’s a lovely photo.

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